New PA Study Suggests Link Between Fracking and Low Birth Weight in Infants

A new study links fracking to low birth weight.

A new study links fracking to low birth weight. Photo Courtesy of Sara-Summer Oliphant

A new Pennsylvania study suggests that a pregnant mother’s proximity to Marcellus Shale fracking sites may increase the likelihood that her child is born with a low a birth weight.

The study, conducted by three researchers from Princeton and Columbia universities, as well as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was presented last week at the American Economic Association in Philadelphia, found that “proximity to fracking increased the likelihood of low-birth weight by more than half,” according to a report published Jan. 4 by Bloomberg.

The story indicated the researchers scoured birth records from 2004 through 2011 for infants born within a 2.5 kilometer radius of fracking sites.

That story can be viewed by clicking here.

It was noted that the new study builds on one published in 2012 by a Cornell PhD student published in 2012 that shows “that infants born near fracked gas wells had more health problems than infants born near sites that have merely been permitted for fracking,” according to Bloomberg.

To read more about that 2012 study, click here.

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One thought on “New PA Study Suggests Link Between Fracking and Low Birth Weight in Infants

  1. Just wanted to mention: The study has not yet been published online. When I see it, I will add a link!

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